Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 3:06 PM


Do you have a pet who is 7 years or older? Did you know that dogs and cats are considered a senior pet from the age of 7?  As our pets grow old it is important that we give them a little extra love and care, as their bodies and immune systems are not what they used to be. Simple day to day things like; a good diet, gentle and regular exercise, comfort and warmth during the cooler months and disease prevention will help your pet live a long and happy life.

     

Here are some things to think about with your senior...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 3:04 PM
Is your pet blind or does he/she have limited eye sight? Pets’ may be blind or lose eye sight for multiple reasons. They may be born blind, their eye sight may deteriorate with age, or they may become blind due to a medical condition or old age. Here are some ways you can assist your pet living with limited or no eye site.

Firstly if you suspect your pet is going blind, visit a vet for an examination to establish the reason for this. There may be treatment available to delay the blindness or you may get some valuable information on the condition your pet may have. Keep daily routines and furniture the same at home and don’t leave items on the ground that don’t belong (like the washing basket). Although pets have an incredible ability to adapt to change, despite limited or no eye sight, they will appreciate your assistance. Keep your pet safe from hazards and startling encounters. Be aware of other pets or children running up to greet your visually impaired pet. Intervene as they get...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 8:31 PM
                                                          

 

Rat bait is designed to kill rats and mice, but it can also be deadly if eaten by your pets. Dogs may see rat bait as a smelly/tasty treat that has been left within their reach. Meanwhile, cats (in particular) may eat rodents that have recently been poisoned.

Poisoning with rat bait can cause your pet’s body to run out of vitamin K which normally helps to form clotting factors in the blood. This means that your pet’s blood will not be able to clot so even a small wound or bruise (internal bleed) could be life-threatening.

It is important to remember that signs of poisoning can take several days to appear after your pet has eaten rat bait. Owners often do not see their pets eat the bait, so it is important to check your pets regularly for signs, particularly if rat bait is being used on your property or surrounding properties.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 2 April 2018 9:09 AM
Although our pets are unable to speak human language, they communicate to us in their own way through body language and behaviour. Have you ever wondered how a vet knows what is wrong with your pet? Although we would like to think they are ‘pet whisperers’ or ‘Dr Doolittle’s’, a large part of their diagnosis is based on assessing your pets behavioural response and body language.

If you notice that your pet’s behaviour is abnormal it may indicate a health condition or illness is present. It is important to be aware of what behaviours are ‘normal’ for your pet and especially when they change. By noticing subtle changes in your pet’s behaviour and acting early you may be able to start treatment earlier. In turn, saving your pet prolonged discomfort and potentially saving yourself money by getting onto treatment in early stages.

If you have any concerns about your pet’s behaviour or have noticed any changes whether drastic or subtle, please contact the veterinary clinic to discuss with one of the...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 9:18 PM
                                                                        

Hey,

Me and my pooch are walking to fight animal cruelty on May 20th at the 2018 Million Paws Walk!

Why? Because last year, 33,535 animals arrived at RSPCA Shelters around Australia after suffering neglect, mistreatment or abuse. I believe ALL animals deserve a safe and happy home!

So I am asking for your support...

Click the link below to chip in and help me reach my goal:

https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/fundraisers/profile/view/7613

My four legged friend and I will owe you one. :)

You are PAWsome!

P.S. All donations above $2 are tax deductible!

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 19 March 2018 11:05 AM
Like us dogs, dogs absolutely LOVE chocolate and they are extremely good at sniffing it out!  Here at the clinic one particular poodle comes to mind when we think of chocolate and chocolate toxicity.

                                           

Lila, our chocoholic poodle (pictured above) is no stranger to chocolate poisoning.

Lilla isn’t fussy with what chocolate she eats and loves all sorts of brands and flavours. She has devoured a whole KitKat Chunky, A full bag of family sized fruit chocs and a whole family block of milk chocolate…..Oh dear!!

Her owners try hard to keep the chocolate out of paws reach; however Lila sneaks into the pantry, climbs the shelves and helps herself to the chocolate. “If you have it in your mouth, she will try to lick it out” her owner has told us.

Luckily for Lila, her owners are...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 March 2018 11:11 AM
Do you take the opportunity on the Easter long weekend to go camping, perhaps taking your dog with you? Dogs often stress out when their routine changes, which can lead to erratic, even aggressive behaviour or illness. It is important to get them use to the scenarios they may encounter while camping, in the weeks leading up to your trip.

Pitch your tent or pull out your camper in your back yard and spend time inside relaxing with your dog on their bed. Don't force your dog inside. Give your dog lots of attention with yummy treats and praise when your dog he/she chooses to come near the tent or joins you inside. Take your dog for regular day trips for a few weeks prior to leaving. Pack your dog’s bed and food bowl you intend to use while camping. Try to replicate the situations your dog will experience during a camping trip: long drives, walking and relaxing in a new area, having a meal, your dog sitting in the backseat while you pack the car or while you are at the service station. When...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:03 AM
Are you planning on adding a new four-legged member to your family, and want a well-behaved one?? Well make yourself a cup of tea and get comfy, because this blog has been written for you….

 

With it being “polite pet’s month” this month we thought it was a great time to discuss good behaviour and undesirable behaviours in our cheeky, fluffy family members.

 

Starting off on the right paw!

Good behaviour starts even before you have chosen your new companion: it starts with you!

 We have come up with some tips below that you may find helpful to get you started on the right track!

Be sure to pick an appropriate breed for your family and life style – Undesirable behaviours often arise from pets being kept in the wrong environment. Research the breeds you are interested in and what they were originally bred for. This will give you a good idea of how much exercise they will need, how much grooming they will require, their behaviour traits and the particular...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 February 2018 3:10 PM
Now that summer is in full swing, our worst outdoor enemy is back! I’m sure you all know who I am talking about!... Yes that’s right... Mosquitoes! They ruin barbecues, buzz around your ears, steal your blood and leave behind a red and itchy mark. We all know mosquitoes are extremely annoying creatures, but did you know that they are potentially deadly to our four-legged family members too?  Yep! These pesky creatures carry countless dangerous diseases to humans and they can carry and spread diseases between our pet’s, in particular the deadly parasite, known as heartworm.

                                                                   

What is Heartworm?

As its name suggests, heartworm is a worm-like parasite that is found in the heart of both our kitty and pooch friends. Many people mistake Heartworm as a type of intestinal worm, but don’t be fooled! Heartworm significantly...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 February 2018 1:31 PM
Our pets love us unconditionally!! However, they do not express this love in the same way as a fellow human would.

So how can we return the love to our pets in a way they can understand?

Our dogs and cats enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Recently, it has been revealed that pets do not appreciate human hugs. If your pet appears to enjoy a nice cuddle, this is most likely due to being used to the routine procedure. Here are some ways to better communicate your love to your pet…

 

How to tell your dog you love them…

Gaze deeply into their eyes Although direct eye contact for dogs is considered a threat in many situations. With your own, trusted dog, gaze into his/her eyes when the two of you are calmly relaxing. Speak softly, stroke him/her gently and maintain eye contact. These quiet moments stimulate the release of Oxytocin...

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